The Chicago Baseball Museum would like to acknowledge the passing of a dear friend, John ‘Buck’ O’Neil (1911 – 2006).
Mr. O’Neil joined the Chicago Cubs as a scout in 1956 and became the first African-American coach in the major leagues in 1962. He remained with the Cubs until 1988, when he returned home to Kansas City to scout for the Royals.
Mr. O’Neil barnstormed with Satchel Paige in his youth, twice won a Negro League batting title, and was a pennant-winning manager for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League.
Though Mr. O’Neil was a big supporter of the Chicago Baseball Museum, we will remember him most for his warmth and unwavering optimism. He was a true ambassador of baseball. We will miss him dearly.
To help recognize Buck O’Neil’s contributions to baseball and his efforts to preserve the legacy of the Negro Leagues, the Negro League Baseball Museum has launched the 'Thanks a Million Buck' campaign to raise funds for the John ‘Buck’ O’Neil Education and Research Center. Click here for more information.